Brewed by McMullen
Style: English Strong Ale
Hertford, England


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RATINGS: 42   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.46/5   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 210   ABV: 7%
Cask; Seasonal - Christmas. Also available bottled.
Specially brewed from the finest malted East Anglian barley and whole leaf English hops, CAMRA chose McMUllen Stronghart as thir first Best Festive Ale award, describing it as "Liquid Christmas Pudding. A beer that is rich, dark and exceptionally smooth, demonstrating the very special skills of Hertfordshires Independent Family Brewers".

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   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
fonefan (47592) - VestJylland, DENMARK - JAN 2, 2012

Bottle 500ml.

Clear dark brown colour with a average, frothy, good lacing, mostly lasting, white head. Aroma is moderate to heavy malty, roasted, caramel, sweet caramel, riped dried banana, light to moderate yeast, yeast, riped fruit - fruit cake. Flavour is moderate to light light heavy sweet and light bitter with a long duration, sweet sweet caramel, swet sweet dark malt. Body is medium, texture is oily, carbonation is soft. [20111205]

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
oh6gdx (26386) - Vasa, FINLAND - DEC 5, 2011
Bottled. Deep amber colour, small off-white head. Aroma is dried bananas, some bitter wood, mild spices, fruits and some mild herbal notes. Flavour is quite much thee same with some vanilla added. Sweet and rather strange.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
omhper (24616) - Tyres, SWEDEN - DEC 22, 2011
Bottled at chrisos. Mahogany colour, small head. Heavy green apple aroma. Sweet and fruity, malty with burnt caramel and green apples. Low bitterness. Silky smooth, but overly apply.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
cgarvieuk (23255) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - FEB 21, 2012
bottle at home ... deep brown ... bubb;y tan head ... sweet dark tracle plum nose ... little fizzy ... sweet suger roast ... brown sugers ... plums and figs ... dark fruits ... malt extract tones... some cherry ... ok

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Leighton (20529) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - OCT 27, 2016
Bottle at home in London - sourced from Sainsburys way back when they did one of those beer promotions; this beer is BBE August 2013. So, pretty old. Pours a rather fetching amber-ruby with a creamy, khaki head. The aroma holds ripening berries, brown bread, fruit leather, plum. Medium sweet flavour with some hearty brown bread, more plums, dates, berries, faint earthy hops, strawberry. Medium to full bodied with fine carbonation. Lightly warming in the finish with a bit of sticky sugar, more ripe berries, some toffee, grapes, earth, leather, raisins. Overall, this is a pretty damn solid strong English ale. Nice work.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Rasmus40 (19337) - Beder, Aarhus, DENMARK - FEB 28, 2012
Clear reddish brown with a beige head. Aroma is sweet, malty, caramel, dried fruity and dark sugar. Flavor is quite sweet and moderate bitter. Sweet finish. 280212

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
harrisoni (17994) - Ashford, Kent, ENGLAND - SEP 9, 2011
500ml bottle from the Sainsburys beer competition 2011. Wish Id been at St Albans BF in 2004 when most of the ratings for this came from. What a great group of people were there. Clear deep russet colour with thick lasting mid beige head. Syrupy malty aroma. Touch of nuttiness and likeable malty fruit on aroma too. Mmmmm. Yes a full thick tasty English Strong Ale. Just like it should be. Now that is a beer. Yes it has a cake quality to it. Just the malts are just so wonderful. Yep, good beer. After a couple of not great things, and not being a huge fan of McMullens, this is stunning. Just perfect blend of malts. With a slight dry edge to the finish so the sweetness never gets out of control. Pretty special.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
saxo (17949) - Hjbjerg, Aarhus, DENMARK - FEB 28, 2012
Bottle. Nice head with good duration. Color is brown. Aroma and taste are dried fruits, caramel, malt, nuts, candy sugar and hops.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
chrisv10 (16561) - DENMARK - FEB 28, 2012
Bottle. Clear dark amber with small beige head. Aroma is malt, caramel, fruit and a little toffee. Flavour is malts, plume, medium sweet, toffee, caramel and dried fruits.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Scopey (14006) - Croydon, Greater London, ENGLAND - NOV 25, 2011
Bottle from Sainsburys Purley Way. It pours deep mahogany brown, with a bubbly beige head. The nose is varnish, chocolate, wood and dark fruit. The taste is wood, resin, varnish, fruit cake, raisin, medicinal, chocolate and warming alcohol, with a long bitter-dry finish. Full body, fine-moderate carbonation and foamy mouth-feel. Surprisingly good stuff!

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